Thinking About Opening your Swimming Pool?
Opening your swimming pool soon? Crazy? Your puppies don’t think so…
Here we are, mid-March, and the weatherman’s continuing to predict cold weather, but you know Memorial Day is coming up fast. You’ve been thinking about opening your swimming pool, and you’ve been looking at it covered up all Winter which, by now, has amassed a wonderful collection of all sorts of detritus, not to mention the other nasty stuff that comes with it. Who knows just how much of that currently lurks at the bottom of your pool (or floats around in it), readying itself to become a highly-efficient algae factory as the sunnier weather grows closer.
We can’t help you much with what Mother Nature continues to bring of course; but we can offer you some sound, professional advice that will make opening your swimming pool easier and get it ready for the season, while costing you less than if you waited until later. First though, we’d like to ask a few questions: how quickly do you think the weather will change in the next 30 to 60 days? Have there ever been hot days in April? Have you ever seen the difference between a pool that is opened in April vs. May, especially after the temps eked their way upwards in April into May?
Have you ever seen the difference between a pool that is opened in April vs. the end of May, especially after the temps eked their way upwards in April into May?
Warmer temperatures breed algae in a swimming pool
For those swimming pools with mesh winter covers that allow sunlight through, too much sunlight can spell days of work to get the pool up to ideal swimming conditions.
As for the expense of opening your swimming pool early, some will argue that it costs more to do so. In reality though, given today’s availability of highly efficient salt chlorine systems and variable speed motors, the chemical and electrical costs can be nominal.Then, there’s the pollen. It wreaks havoc on in-ground swimming pool water that is not circulating, and cleaning it up just adds to the chore and expense. With the early pollen arrivals of the past few years, it certainly isn’t a bad idea to open your pool sooner than later, allowing your filter to help with the job before it gets out of hand.
In any event, whether you have an above ground pool or an in-ground swimming pool, the basic steps found below for opening them are fairly similar. Many of them are also included in the services we offer.